Saturday, May 22, 2010

2010 Blogger's Quilt Festival

AmysCreativeSide.com

This is a first for me .... six months ago I didn't even know what a "blog" was. It all started when I made a Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt from the Quiltmaker Magazine in 2009. I enjoyed Bonnie's pattern and her style, so I googled her...next thing you know, I am visiting a blog here and a blog there. In January, I took the huge step and started my own. Now 76 posts later, I am enjoying this whole new world (at least new to me).


I have been quilting for several years, as it has been passed down generations and runs in my veins. I wish I knew how many quilts I have made in my life time ... not even a clue. However, I started keeping track in 2008 and since then I have made 63. I prefer scrappy and traditional quilts, however I like to add modern touches.

My family and friends are the recipients of most of my quilts. I have also made several for the Relay for Life, our Local Guild's Helping Hands and Veteran's groups. My sister, Phyllis (a quilter) and I will soon embark on making kids quilts for the local charity hospital.

Now for my festival quilt -- my version of the Carpenter Star using one of my favorite fabrics -- batiks. This quilt proudly hangs in my foyer and is one of the first to be packed during Hurricance Evacuations!



My quilting is free-hand. I tend to get bored with straight lines and as a baby boomer, I still have a few "free-spirited" left overs from the 70's! Or is it that I have a hard time holding the line steady :)!



I have enjoyed the last two days visiting all of the other blogger entries at the home of "Amy's Creative Side". It does take me a little while longer. As soon as I link up each entry, I immediately hit their "home" page and read through many-many posts. It is amazing how multi-generational quilters have so many processes in common. AND it is NEVER too late for me to learn new techniques.



Now....be sure to visit Amy's site and be ready for a mind blowing experience!



17 comments:

Lis said...

Beautiful quilt, no wonder it's first to be packed up! Your blog is great too - isn't it a fun thing to do and it leads to amazing places, believe me! Lis x

Deborah said...

Your quilt is beautiful! Isn't this a fun festival!

traceyjay said...

I love all the frames.

Adds a great dimension to the quilt.

Karen said...

Great quilt Jamie. The quilting looks lovely. Love how the sashing the separates each block but also how it doesn't detract from the overall pattern.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful. I often wondered if I'd grab my quilts first if there was a natural disaster. I love the richness of the batiks.

Susan said...

What a beauty, I love the thin sashing! never thought to do that to that block. Oh the 70's I balme all my crazies on that! Great job

Chris said...

Incredible quilt. I am like you with going through the blog entries. It is gonna take me weeks!! LOL. I am having a blast.

Elizabeth said...

Wow! That is just gorgeous! I love the colors -- I'd definitely pack that up first in a hurricane. Your machine quilting is beautiful. Thanks for a lovely stop on the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

Kristen said...

Ah! A fire quilt! (We don't have hurricanes.) It has great color! I love the framing use of the blue too!

Marie said...

very nice quilt, and loved the colors

joan said...

What a beautiful quilt! And welcome to blogland.. As an Acadienne from Nova Scotia Canada, I have close ties to Louisiana and therefore it so nice to connect with a quilter from there. I love the colors in your quilt and you can be sure that woule be the first thing I would pack also!

Sandra Schwab said...

What a beautiful quilt, Jamie! It reminds me of a stained-glass church window with the sun shining through the glass. Wonderful!

And may I just add how much adore the quilt that's depicted in your blogheader? It's utterly, utterly lovely!!!

Kriza said...

lovely quilt.
63 quilt since 2008 - wow, you are quick!
Kristina
www.priscillacraft.blogspot.com

Yvonne said...

I love your quilt! I must try the stained-glass look. It is very striking. Thanks for joining my blog followers. I am joining yours too. You have great inspiration.

SewCalGal said...

Inspirational quilt. Lovely design, prints, colors and quilting. This would look really great in my home! Yumm!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Denise said...

beautiful quilt!

Dolly said...

This is beautiful........in the longer shot, it looks kindof like a stained-glass window !

I just saw your name in the winners' list over at Amy's blog......


Sew Fresh Fabrics is offering a Kona Bright Roll up!
404. Jamie in Louisiana

Be sure and go claim that prize.......congratulations !